Labor

VOICES: Another lying Tennessee politician exposed in the UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga   |   April 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Another lying Tennessee politician has been exposed in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day 712-626 vote rejecting United Auto Workers...

 

Florida farmworkers score surprise Walmart agreement   |   April 3, 2014
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Last year was hard on Walmart's shiny brand. From Bangladeshi garment workers crushed in a building collapse while sewing for the chain, to...

 

NLRB says Kellogg lockout in Memphis violates federal labor law   |   April 1, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Just days after a false report circulated that Kellogg Co. was finally willing to negotiate with the 226 unionized workers it locked out of its...

 

In 'fair food' fight, Florida farmworkers take on industry   |   March 17, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams The Immokalee, Fla. migrant farmworkers who have forced some of the biggest food industry corporations in the world to acquiesce to their demands...

 

Unions rail against Obama proposal to privatize New Deal success story   |   March 12, 2014
By Jon Queally, Common Dreams Tucked away in President Obama's 2014 budget proposal released early last week, say union critics, is a renewed proposal by the administration to...

 

Pro-union Nissan worker in Mississippi: The UAW-VW vote in Chattanooga only 'made us stronger'   |   March 3, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Chip Wells, 43, an 11-year veteran at the 5,200-employee Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., says the recent bad news coming out of the Volkswagen plant in...

 

Locked-out Kellogg worker in Memphis: Company leaders 'don't care about our families'   |   February 24, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South Robert McGowen, a 23-year-veteran at the Kellogg plant in Memphis, Tenn., waved to another passing carload of people beeping their support of the...

 

How can labor organize the South?   |   February 21, 2014
The recent union vote at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee wasn't just a defeat -- albeit a very close one  -- for the United Auto Workers in their bid to organize the...

 

3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee   |   February 17, 2014
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes"...

 

VW workers not first Southern auto workers to face choice on union   |   February 12, 2014
By Lane Windham, special to Facing South All eyes are on Chattanooga, Tenn. as 1,500 Volkswagen workers file into voting booths this week to determine whether they will be...

 

Tens of thousands in North Carolina vow 'not now, not ever'   |   February 11, 2014
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina, Saturday to show their opposition to the extreme right-wing agenda...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

Cereal maker Kellogg's union-busting in Memphis would make 'Boss' Crump happy   |   January 27, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Memphis, Tenn., is the city where political strongman E. H. "Boss" Crump launched what labor historian Michael Honey called a...

 

Kellogg's delivers Memphis a slap in the face   |   January 20, 2014
By Steve Payne, Labor Notes "I went to the 'Gold Palace,' Kellogg headquarters, last year," said Trence Jackson, an officer of BCTGM Local 252G. "They had a...

 

Labor unions vs. political unions: Critiquing the 'unbundled union'   |   January 9, 2014
By Douglas Williams, The South Lawn In recent years, we have seen an explosion in activism around the issue of economic inequality. The frustrations that many low-income people...

 

Walmart workers plan raucous Black Friday   |   November 26, 2013
By Jenny Brown, Labor Notes Walmart workers are gearing up for Black Friday with a series of short strikes around the country this week, including in California, Florida,...

 

A 'crimmigration' conference, Walmart on the dole in Mississippi, and Kellogg locks out Memphis workers   |   November 6, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South It's time for another Labor South roundup, and this one tells of the upcoming "Crimmigration" conference sponsored by the Mississippi...

 

Auto Workers try a new angle at Volkswagen   |   October 29, 2013
 By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes  The United Auto Workers, so long frustrated in their attempts to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., may have found a...

 

Southern right-wingers wage war against labor   |   October 21, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   The Southern Right-Wing's assault on labor remains under the radar of most mainstream media even as it becomes increasingly war-like...

 

Viewpoint: AFL-CIO convention repositions unions to speak for all workers   |   October 18, 2013
By Jeff Crosby and Bill Fletcher Jr., Labor Notes The AFL-CIO Convention in September took an important turn to reposition unions toward speaking for all working people in the...

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

Nissan is violating international labor standards at Mississippi plant, report says   |   October 11, 2013
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Nissan, a company with headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, a Brazilian-born CEO who divides his time between Japan and France, and plants...

 

Postal workers elect new leaders who pledge to build a movement   |   October 10, 2013
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes A diverse slate of local leaders pledging to take a firmer hand with management, increase transparency about contract details, collaborate with...

 

Employee or independent contractor? Employer fraud costs workers   |   October 2, 2013
By Chris Wagner, Labor Notes Misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a serious problem in the Texas construction industry -- so serious that my local decided...

 

'Uh-oh, instead of defeating us they made us defiant'   |   September 24, 2013
By Ajamu Dillahunt, Labor Notes Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with...